Written by Saint
Comments and criticism about Kate had me thinking: did my mom play with me when I was a child? I consider my parents to be among two of the best. I can only look back on my childhood with respect and gratitude for my mother and father. I do not recall my mother ever "playing" with me when we were children. Nor do I remember my friends or neighbors' moms playing with us. When I was growing up, playing was the business of children, not adults.In fact, my dad was unusual because he would organize whiffle ball games or do silly things like Jon does with the Play Dough. My mom did not even supervise from a lawn chair. In fact, she was known on a rare occasion to deal with sibling rivalry and whining by sending us outside on a summer day, saying, "Get along," and locking the door! Maybe she didn't bother because we had a lot of siblings, though my friends from smaller families didn't have moms who played either.
I supervised my children (more than my parents supervised me) because of our hilly yard and the type of street we live on. Sometimes I'd garden, sometimes I'd push swings, but often I'd sit in a lawn chair and read or knit. I don't remember my kids complaining that I didn't "play enough" with them. I tried once to play Barbies with my oldest daughter. My Barbie was 'too authoritative' for hers, so she gently took it away. Instead, we bonded over books, cooking, gardening, shopping (for her, not me,) and doing her hair. She played dolls, Legos, "house," and "fort" with her friends, neighbors, and siblings, just as I did.
Do you play with your children? Do you supervise from a favorite perch? Did your mom play with you when you were growing up? Do you think Kate needs to play with the kids more, or do you think the activities they do are a good fit for their family?